Lorraine Bracco, Penny Marshall Playing Lesbian Couple on 'Mulaney'

Image: Lorraine Bracco, Penny Marshall Playing Lesbian Couple on 'Mulaney' Lorraine Bracco, left, Penny Marshall

Monday, 03 Feb 2014 03:26 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Sitcom veteran Penny Marshall and former "The Sopranos" star Lorraine Bracco will play a lesbian couple on the Fox television series "Mulaney."

The series will be based on the life of John Mulaney as an up-and-coming comedian trying to break into the business. Mulaney, in real life, is a longtime writer for "Saturday Night Live" with a writing Emmy Award to his credit.

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Marshall and Bracco will play Mulaney's neighbors on the show, according to TV Guide. The cast will also include acting veteran Elliot Gould, as another neighbor named Oscar, and Martin Short as Mulaney's over-the-top boss. 

"Mulaney" will also feature Nasim Pedrad of "Saturday Night Live," currently the longest-running female cast member on the late-night show, as Jane, a "sweet, intelligent, and lazy grade school teacher who doesn't love her job and wants to make changes but is addicted to procrastinating," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

One of the show's executive producers will be "Saturday Night Live" head honcho Lorne Michaels.

"John is one of the sharpest and most skilled next-generation comedic voices out there, who also happens to be surrounded by the best of the best on this new show," Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told The Hollywood Reporter.

"I am personally thrilled to be working with Lorne Michaels again, a friend and show business hero who knows better than anyone how to build a show around talent. Add in the comedy magic of Marty Short and the seasoned hand of Andy Ackerman, and I believe we have the makings of something really special here," Reilly continued.

Marshall recently guest starred on Nickelodeon's "Sam & Cat," while Bracco has a recurring role on "Rizzoli & Isles" as Rizzoli's mom. Marshall became a star on the "Happy Days" spinoff "Laverne & Shirley" in the 1970s and earned acclaim as a director as well.

Bracco was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the 1990 movie "Goodfellas" and three times for a Golden Globe playing Dr. Jennifer Melfi on "The Sopranos."

"Mulaney" does not have a premiere date but is expected late this year.

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